The Ku Klux Klan flag was placed in the window, facing Jedonna Dinges home in Detroit, Chicago (Picture: Jedonna Dinges/Detroit Free Press)
A black woman says a neighbor placed a Ku Klux Klan flag in a window that directly faces her house.
Je Donna Dinges, 57, has said she doesn’t feel safe after her next door neighbor hung the KKK flag from his house in the latest move in an ongoing dispute between the two households.
Dinges, from Detroit, Michigan, claims the flag appeared on February 15 and says she called the FBI for help in a ‘furious’ rage.
The bureau decided not to get involved but the red and white flag with the phrase ‘Ku Klux Klan’ was removed after local police spoke to the homeowner.
But business owner, Dinges, has said she is furious about the stunt, reports the Detroit Free Press.
‘I’m a human being. I deserve to be treated with dignity and respect like everybody else in this community.
Je Donna Dinges, 57, phoned the FBI after spotting the flag (Picture: Je Donna Dinges)
‘I was furious. How dare he feel comfortable putting a symbol of hatred, violence and domestic terrorism at his window facing my house?
‘The culture in this community is broken, the culture in this community says that Black and Brown people are not safe.’
Dinges added that she and her neighbors have been entangled in an ongoing dispute ever since she moved into her home 11 years ago.
On another occasion, her ex-husband found a filled gas can in their recycling bin.
That prompted Dinges to call the police who recommended that she install a camera on the side of her house, which she did.
But when she said she spotted the KKK flag in her neighbor’s window, Dinges took things one step further and called the FBI, she added.
The FBI took a report, but couldn’t do much because her neighbor never directly harmed, intimidated or ;called her a slur’, she said. Dinges then called the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in Detroit to try and get some help.
But Dinges said the call was also unsuccessful and frustrating, leaving her angry.
She said: ‘It happened fast, less than an hour, these two detectives came out, and they went over there (neighbor’s house). The girlfriend (of the male tenant) answered the door.
The flag appeared on February 15 (Picture: Je Donna Dinges)
‘She told them that she was upset that we had put a camera on the window sill. She didn’t know what we wanted to capture.’
Civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held a rally in support of Dinges yesterday ‘to make it clear hate has no home in Grosse Pointe’.
Dinges added: ‘It’s in this country, and this community is in this country,” Dinges recalled saying during the conference call.
‘If Black and Brown people felt safe with the police, being spoken to by the police, being dealt with by the police and calling the police, we would call you. I didn’t call you because I didn’t think you cared.’
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